Dillashaw: EPO Use Was “Making A Deal With The Devil”
In the midst of a two-year suspension for testing positive for EPO, former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw is in the midst of an apology tour.
“I took an anemia medication called Procrit, which the main ingredient in it was Erythropoietin (EPO). It helps rebuild blood cells,” Dillashaw told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. “When you become anemic, your red blood cells start to plummet and you lose energy. I was on a super strict 1,600-calorie per day diet and working too hard. I pushed my body to extreme limits,” added Dillashaw.
“No excuses. I made the mistake of wanting to do something that hadn’t been done. I sold my soul to the devil and now I got to build myself back up and deal with it.”
“I was getting down to that bare minimum weight where everything was affecting me. I didn’t want to wake up and train in the morning. I had to lose a bunch more weight and I didn’t want to go to the gym, I didn’t want to run and didn’t want to do what I had to do,” Dillashaw said of his decision to take the banned substance.
“I got drug tested and I decided I would be able to be clear until the fight, then I fucked up and made that decision. Like I said, I wanted to make it to the fight, I wanted to do something that was unheard of and I let it get the best of me.”
“I have been as upfront as possible with everything. I have admitted to it, and it almost seems as if it’s been a little bit harder at first. I relinquished the belt before any kinds of decisions were made by USADA, I admitted to it and I wanted to put it behind me,” Dillashaw stated in regards to the punishment handed down.
“I made a mistake and what I have been taught is that you handle it straight on instead of continuing to hide from it or run from it and now I am moving past it.”
Transcribed by MMA Mania